The Power of Serendipitous Encounters – Samsung is Building to Create People Collisions for Idea Generation

First Friday Book Synopsis

Such organizational structure, and such architectural structure, are detrimental to idea creation. Ideas are created by lots of cross-interest interaction. Isolated silos, where people only interact with folks within their silos, are so yesterday. And you can’t quite always “schedule” or “mandate” such interactions. But you can make space for these to happen. A lot […]. Randy''s blog entries

Invaluable perspectives on the brainstorming process

First Friday Book Synopsis

His process has three stages: fact-finding, idea generating, and solution evaluating. He recommended four “rules”: o Generate […]. Alex Osborn (1888-1966) was founding partner of one of the most highly regarded advertising agencies, BBDO, and is credited with introducing the brainstorming process in his book, Applied Imagination: Principles and Procedures of Creative Problem-Solving, published in 1957.

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Do I Have to Come up With All The Great Ideas!? Why this belief means you suck as a manager.

Mike Cardus

I’ve seen this happen many times: Employee to Manager: I’ve got a great idea and think that by doing x we will get y,z and extra outcomes. Of course the manager has a better idea! The manager’s idea was triggered by the employees initial idea. When one person starts the conversation with an idea people grab and build new perhaps better ideas. The ideas they come up with are short-sighted and I seem to always be pointing out better alternatives.

What is Your Innovation Style?

Great Leadership By Dan

Rein in your tendency to express your critique at every fielded idea. Your strengths: Bringing the ideas to fruition and making them work. You contribute by generating ideas and taking the leap of faith when it is impossible to know everything in advance. To be at your innovative best, experiment with many ideas to see how they can be improved. Guest post from Shoya Zichy: Innovation is critical to an organization''s growth and competitive advantage.

The Value of Vision Series – Kouzes and Posner

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

You know, that time when you imagined running your own business… or that dream of traveling to an exotic place… or that bold idea for a game-changing new product… or that burning desire to get an advanced degree… or that sense of purpose you felt when you signed up for the sustainability campaign… or that calling to join a cause and make this a better planet… or that uplifting sense you got when picturing kids playing in a neighborhood without fear.

Thinking of Others Can Enhance Innovation

LDRLB

In another they asked participants to come up with gift ideas for themselves, someone close to them or someone they barely knew. Across the three experiments, Polman and Emich found that participants generate more creative ideas or better solutions when focused on someone else rather than themselves. Imagine you’re locked in a tower. Better yet, imagine someone else is locked in a tower.

6 Ways for Entrepreneurs to Manage Their Ideas

CO2

Regulating the Idea Machine (Entrepreneur). Entrepreneurs are Idea Machines. They produce a terrific volume of ideas–some that are pure gold, some that aren’t. While generating ideas comes easily for entrepreneurs, discerning which ideas to implement and which to discard does not usually come as easily. CO 2 Partners specializes in working with entrepreneurs and helping them organize, sort, select, and manage their ideas.

The New World of Beta Curation

Strategy Driven

Organizations need to have dozens, maybe hundreds, of individual experts, fully capable of idea generation and innovative thought. Beta leaders then need to sort through the ideas, figure out how they fit together, and then recombine them so the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Copyright © 2013 by Dana Ardi and reprinted by permission of St. Today’s American corporate world is a tale of two cultures.

Talking with Each Other @ Work

Coaching Tip

Of course, having your desk next to the elevator or rest rooms, gives you a competitive advantage in that fellow employees will stop and share with you some ideas that they want to talk through to reach clarity. Sandy Greene, Principal of Creative at Intuitive Company (IC), believes that integrating high level leaders and entry level employees will lead to increased productivity, idea generation and the formation of working relationships.

Do the Work

Your Voice of Encouragement

And so he described the process of writing and idea generation as having two stages: ACTION and REFLECTION. Cover of Do the Work by Steven Pressfield The words leaped off the page at me. I was reading Do the Work by Steven Pressfield, an author whose books inspire and encourage me for every aspect of my life. Since Pressfield is a writer by profession, he often uses that role as his frame of reference when illustrating a specific point.

Four Ways to Market Like a Startup

Harvard Business Review

Olga Vidisheva, founder of Y Combinator fashion startup Shoptiques, encourages her team to take risks by giving every employee a $1,000 discretionary budget to spend on any creative marketing idea. At flash sales site Fab.com, for example, 70% of revenue is generated by email ; each extra day spent perfecting an email campaign rather than actually sending the email could mean up to $700K of lost revenue.

Why Your Innovation Contest Won’t Work

Harvard Business Review

It’s an idea contest – submit your ideas, and the person that submits the best one wins $1000. If you think about this for a minute, you can see a few assumptions about innovation that underlie this contest: The main problem the firm has with innovation is that they don’t have enough ideas. Idea generation is the best place to invest money to improve innovation. You also need to be able to select ideas. Because idea generation is the easy part!

The Eight Archetypes of Leadership

Harvard Business Review

A great amount of money had been spent on consultants and on training a workforce that had no clearer idea at the end of 12 months what they were doing or why. They provide vision, strategic direction and outside-the-box thinking to create new organizational forms and generate future growth. The innovator: leadership as creative idea generation.

Create a Crowd Competition That Works

Harvard Business Review

Design platforms like Crowdspring and 99designs give people the tools needed to crowdsource graphic design ideas and feedback. Over the past four years, we''ve developed a well-defined set of principles that guide our annual "challenge," (lauded by Bill Clinton in TIME magazine as one of the top five initiatives changing the world for the better) that produces original and actionable ideas to solve social issues. You may find he delivers the most innovative, disruptive idea.

You're Doing Social Wrong. Your Teenager Does It Right. (The Shortlist)

Harvard Business Review

Immigrants were responsible for significant innovation in the manicure business: They developed the idea of the stand-alone, inexpensive nail salon, which stimulated demand, which led to wage increases, which led to further economic growth. Idea generation will improve as people problem-solve together at meals. It seems that everyone is freaking out about teens abandoning social media sites like Facebook. By "everyone" I mean advertisers.

Four Ways to Market Like a Startup

Harvard Business Review

Olga Vidisheva, founder of Y Combinator fashion startup Shoptiques, encourages her team to take risks by giving every employee a $1,000 discretionary budget to spend on any creative marketing idea. At flash sales site Fab.com, for example, 70% of revenue is generated by email ; each extra day spent perfecting an email campaign rather than actually sending the email could mean up to $700K of lost revenue.

How to Influence People with Your Ideas

Harvard Business Review

Julie has an idea, one that has been gestating in her mind for quite some time, but now she realizes that for her idea to have any impact at all she will have to "go public" with it. Her idea, which she is passionate about, is to help these forgotten kids realize their potential by offering them practical guidance for achieving their goals and dreams. She asked me: What do I have to do to get my idea out there? How does my personal narrative convey the idea?